Brothers And Sisters – Season 1 – Episode 1

The family with so many dramas it’s hard to keep track of what’s happening!



This pilot grabbed me in an unusual way: I wasn’t interested in the story of what might happened next to the characters, I was more interested in the characters past history, which usually bores me because it’s always generic with the same scenarios.

I personally love family dramas mainly because as a child I was brought up on family dramas in my house or in my grandma’s house or on Desperate Housewives. I loved them all – they were exciting, funny and tragic and made my life interesting.

A downside to this programme is, if I’m not mistaken, that all the family secrets they have are very predictable; it would be a shame if I am right because the characters themselves are very interesting and complicated.

This family is so interesting because they have real problems, for example a son with a drug problem, a dad with financial problems and a daughter who has problems with her mum. That is what makes it so accessible and addictive.

It brings up the war in Afghanistan and how difficult it is for American families: whether you should be patriotic or should not go to war. I question the idea of patriotism because it’s an important issue that sometimes has bad consequences.

I love the dramatic ending. It’s a great advertising tactic because it make you watch more. Overall it’s a great pilot leaves so many unanswered questions about the past, present and future.

© 2012 Emily Claire Cannings

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